Before here recently, Micah had only been to daycare maybe four times, between 5-8 months old. And, that last time he knew he was not at his Nana’s house. He cried and screamed for that whole 2 hours I left him in that room. I watched him through the tinted window crawling around screaming, in the unfamiliar space. I was so upset, I called my boyfriend and told him to pick up Micah and take him to my mom’s house.
My mom watched Micah for the first 15 months of his life, while me and Jonathan were at work. So, I knew transitioning him from staying with my mom all day, to daycare would be very hard on him and me. Remember, we tried the daycare thing before 🙂 But, I wanted Micah to start building his social skills and get into the school atmosphere.
We started Micah off part time, going Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for 2 weeks. Tuesday’s were harder for him than Thursday’s. He screamed for 2 hours straight when I would drop him off. Luckily, I work at the daycare Micah goes to, so I was able to look through the window and check on him at all times. It killed me to drop him off screaming, and to still hear him screaming down the hallway, when other parents were dropping off in his class 😦
Micah missed his 3rd week of school because he caught Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. So, of course the beginning of week 4 sucked for him, which is also when we started him full time. He was finally use to daycare by week 5. SN: He does get upset and cries, when his teacher leaves the room. Micah loves his, Ms.Vannah 😉
Fast forward to now: Micah has been in daycare for about 3 months and I couldn’t be more happier with his progress. When he randomly see’s me throughout the day he doesn’t freak out anymore. Before, I would hide and sneak around the building, so he wouldn’t see me. He’s more social than he’s ever been and he loves school!!!!
A couple tips:
#1: Ask your friends that have kids what daycare facilities they attend, to help with your research.
#2: Don’t be afraid to set up times to tour daycares.
#3: Drop and Go is key!!! Lingering in the classroom only makes the drop-off worse for the teacher and the child.
#4: Make sure the daycare facility you choose, has a really good teacher for your little one! I love Micah’s teacher, she’s the best 🙂
#5: Even though your child may scream or cry in the beginning, they will be okay. Don’t feel guilty! I promise the transition is harder on you, than it is on them.
*I hope this helps with you and your little one’s journey into daycare*